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Mr Simon Blackburn joined Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon in 2014.
Simon’s main area of clinical interest is in gastrointestinal surgery as well as treating children born with abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract, diaphragm and abdominal wall. In his clinical practice at Great Ormond Street he contributes to specialist services for children with Cloacal Anomalies, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction, Functional Bowel Disorders and Feeding for Children with Neuromuscular Disorders.
Having taught anatomy throughout his postgraduate training, Simon developed a keen interest in teaching and gained a Masters in Surgical Education from Imperial College London in 2012. He is currently Education Lead for Technology Enhanced Learning at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Simon’s undergraduate medical education was at Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. His postgraduate training was in South East England and included posts in Brighton, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Southampton and St George’s Hospitals.
Simon became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2013, and was awarded the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Medal for his outstanding performance in the intercollegiate examination.
Areas of interest
Simon has a specialist interest in gastrointestinal surgery particularly in treating children born with abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract and abdominal wall. He also works within specialist teams contributing to the care of complex conditions such as Cloacal Anomalies, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction and Functional Bowel Disorders.
Simon also treats more commonly occurring conditions including hernias, hydroceles, undescended testes, umbilical hernias and performs circumcision for medical reasons.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London
Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London
Simon has an ongoing interest in clinical research and has published and presented internationally on gastrointestinal surgery, neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery. He also has a research interest in surgical education.
Simon is an enthusiastic cyclist and enjoys spending time away from work in the company of his two young children.
British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Medal for outstanding performance in the intercollegiate examination, September 2013.
Books and Book Chapters
O Faiz, S Blackburn & D Moffat. Anatomy at a Glance. 3rd Ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011. ISBN 978-1444336092.
CPJ Wood & SC Blackburn with Editorial Advisor O Faiz. Anatomy Questions for the MRCS. 1st ed. Oxford: Blackwells; 2008. ISBN 978-1444312515.
SC Blackburn & AA Mahomed. Paediatric laparoscopy: new developments, procedures and risks. In H Terzić, ed. Laparoscopy: new developments procedures and risks. New York: Nova Scientific Press; 2012. ISBN 978-1-61470-747-9.
Blackburn SC. Term babies with bilious vomiting: when should they see a surgeon and how soon? Arch Dis Child 2015;100:1-2.
Blackburn SC, Stanton MP. The anatomy and physiology of the peritoneum. Sem Paed Surg 2014;23:326-30.
Blackburn SC, Griffin SJ. The role of simulation in training the next generation of endoscopists. World J Gastrointest Endosc 2014;16:239-239.
Blackburn SC, Wiskin AE, Barnes C, Dick K, Afzal NA, Griffiths DM, Beattie RM, Stanton MP. Surgery for children with Crohn’s disease: indications complications and outcome. Arch Dis Child 2014;99:420-426.
Blackburn SC, Nestel D. Troublesome knowledge in paediatric surgical trainees: a qualitative study. J of Surg Educ 2014;71:756-761.
Wheeler R, Blackburn SC, Biggs H. Seeking Responsibility for the lost swab? Search elsewhere. Ann Coll Surg Engl 2014;96:177-180.
Markar SR, Blackburn S, Cobb R, Karthikesalingam A, Evans J, Kinross J, Faiz O. Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy for complicated and uncomplicated appendicitis in children. J Gastrointest Surg 2012;16:1993-2004.
Blackburn SC, Fishman JR, Geoghegan N, Dave K, Madden N, Haddad MJ. The first 5-year follow up of distal antegrade continence enema stomas. J Pediatr Urol 2012;8:17-19.
Blackburn SC, Parkar S, Prime M, Healiss L, Desai D, Mustaq I, Cuckow P, Duffy P, Cherian A. Ileal bladder augmentation and vitamin B12: Levels decrease with time after surgery. J Pediatr Urol 2012;8:47-50.
Fishman JR, Blackburn SC, Fishman, Jones N, Madden N, DeCaluwe D, Haddad MJ, Clarke SA. Does thoracoscopic congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair cause a significant intraoperative acidosis when compared to an open abdominal approach? J Pediatr Surg 2011;46:458-461.
- MBBS University of London 2003
- BSc(Hons) in Radiological Sciences with Basic Medical Sciences University of London 2000
- Masters in Surgical Education Imperial College London 2012
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Paediatric Surgery) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2014
Reference number 6076541
Details of entry to specialist register
- Paediatric Surgery, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons
Association for Medical Education in Europe
National Association of Clinical Tutors
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